Holy Week brings more shoppers to San Antonio

Familes say they visit for various reason

SAN ANTONIO – This week is traditionally a busy one for retail shops and malls thanks in large part to Holy Week shoppers visiting from Mexico.

Abraham Garcia Perez and his family are in San Antonio on vacation from Mexico and spent Thursday afternoon at the Shops at La Cantera.

Garcia said they're here to rest and shop.

University of Incarnate Word economics professor Michael McGuire said because of the depreciation of the dollar over the last month, it may make the trip easier on travelers’ wallets.

"Over the last month, with the rise in the price of oil, the dollar has depreciated making it cheaper for Mexicans to come here," said McGuire.

However, McGuire predicts that the recent rise in the price of oil is probably temporary.

"They may come for other reasons," said McGuire. "But, the price of oil is not going to be able to continue to rise."

So, that means the peso would lose value, maybe canceling out the incentive to come to San Antonio for Easter in the future.

But no matter the gas prices, other people told KSAT they make the annual excursion to the Alamo City.

While employees at La Cantera said this week has been busy, they're expecting more people on Friday and Saturday.


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